The heart and soul of humanity…..this place they call Egypt is the epitome of mystery fused with history. To drive down the narrow roads of Giza towards the great pyramid brought out some of the most primal goosebumps I have ever had
As our private guide Rasha who is an egyptologist, described the 3 major pyramids, I couldn’t help imagine the people who live there during the heyday of the Egyptian Empire.Oh the stories those thousands of limestone blocks could tell!!! we are absolutely exhauseted tonight so I will keep the writing short and let the photos speak for themsleves. There are so much more to come as between Steve and I we took over 600 images today!! OMG what a job this will be when we get home but a true labor of love!!
I loved these girls looking to the Sphinx with the hot wind blowing their ponytails
The Sphinx was carved from a single piece of stone in the bottom of a quarry Rasha tells us
Bling getting into the act. Rasha must think I’ve lost my mind but she was such a great sport!
Steve went hat shopping at the hawkers on the pyramid site. He lost his sunglasses and the glare was brutal
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Indiana Jones would be proud of Steves haggling skills!!!
The sky was so incredibly blue today. I love this shot
From behind…ok..gotta say it…the “Sphinx-ter”
Thanks Rasha for taking this awesome photo of us..WE ARE HERE!!!
But Rasha…this one is actually my fave. Mz Greek Goddess wannabe Egyptian Princess was determined to pop into every person’s photo with her “pose” OMG it was so funny . Her family quit t aking photo of her long before this shot was taken.
Following the breathtaking pyramids and sphinx we decided to do the Feluca boat ride next. What a peaceful time we spend on this non motorized , traditional Egyptianl sailboat, zigzazzing across the Nile. I would totally do this again and our boat pilot was incredibly skilled. At one point he disappeared completely from sight.
After we looked closer , he was at the top of the mast folding it down and tieing off ropes. He was 6o years old and as nimble as a 20 year old
Hopping from one section of the boat like a kid!!
Wooooooooooooooooooo Hoooooooooooooo..Rasha came through for me bigtime , finding the best bead shop in the Bazaar!!! I could have gone completely crazy but instead chose to look around and get a few choice things like scarab pendants. When I return later this week I’ll be able to shop with a clear head…there were WAY too many temptations
Here’s Rasha getting into the bead mode too!!
This was sooooooooooooooo cool!! A huge vat of handmade beads!!! I was shamelessly fondling
One of the designer’s work stations. They were so kind to allow me to take photographs
Then there was the SPICE man!! Wow could he put on a good sales pitch and I ended up with a huge bag of high quality saffron , some hibiscus flowers for tea, and a barbeque spice mix for African grilling.
I’m so happy with what I found here and he was quite the flirt. I even got some freen musk incense from him …Liz and Bry you will love this stuff!
Another photo of the jewelry shop
Our incredible street food lunch at the Bazaar. Lamb Kofta kebabs and a tahini dip with vinegar and garlic
This cat could be a model for the Egyptian Tombs. What a cutie beggar at our table. Steve was such a sucker for the kittens
Shoe sales are Shoe sales…..no matter where you are in the world!!
And the shoe shine guy
And of course whats an Egypt blog without the camel??
I have so many more photos to show you from today. Man colorful ones from the bazaar adn pyramids. As I sit here in our room , we have our door wide open on the balcony with a cool breeze blowing in with the street FULL of music and dancers and beeping car horns!! The Egyptians love live and celebrate EVERYTHING!!!
Tomorrow we plan to go down to the Nile riverside and party with the locals. We absolutely adore Cairo.
Thank you Rasha for a spectacular day. I’ll add your contact info here tomorrow.
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OMG these were frightening dolls!! Would you give this to your kid??? LOL!